One band on repeat in Dr. Martens HQ is the delightful, Brighton-based Yumi And The Weather – their brand of wavy seaside guitar-electronica has seen the group have a a successful career on the underground scene, alongside stellar performances at festivals like Secret Garden Party and Green Man over the summer. We got together to chat with their silky-voiced front-woman and songwriter, the ethereal Ruby Taylor, to talk inspiration, Doc’s and more…
For those who don’t know you, can you introduce yourself?
Hello I am Ruby AKA Yumi, and I’m a musician/producer currently based in Worthing.
A relative told me that the government can control the weather, so I said back to them ‘Oh so they control you me and the weather’
Where did the name Yumi & The Weather come from?
A relative told me that the government can control the weather, so I said back to them ‘Oh so they control you me and the weather’ and after I said it, it felt like it was a eureka moment as the project didn’t have a name at the time and it seemed to sum up a lot of things for me & the vibe I was hoping to create.
How would you describe your sound?
Ethereal, Soulful, Electric, Cosmic.
Who are your musical influences?
There are so many, and I hear a lot of music through my friends and radio stations so it’s constantly changing. When I started the project I was loving Frank Ocean, Slugabed, St.Vincent, Austra, Sharon Jones & The Dapkings, Blood Orange, Hiatus Kaiyote, John Wizards – to name a few.
How did you get your start in music?
Around about the age of 10, I heard Jimi Hendrix for the first time and fell in love with his guitar sound. Sounds lame but I felt this fire in my heart when I listened to his music. Once I got my first guitar, I didn’t want to put it down and started writing songs which then allowed me to develop my voice.
Put in as much time as you can, work hard and believe in yourself.
Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
Put in as much time as you can, work hard and believe in yourself. There will be moments when you will hate your work, and other times when you will love it so just enjoy the ride.
Do you remember your first pair of Dr. Martens?
Yes! Still wear them now. Found them a few years ago in the Men’s section in a charity shop when I went back to my hometown, Harrow.
Finally, what do you stand for?
Truth, Love & Respect.